Car Kit

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Design fun roadways and cities, drive around your creations.

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Educational Value

Kids can practice creative building as they make new road and city scenes on Car Kit. As kids choose road segments to piece together, as well as road signs, buildings, trees, and more, they learn how each part affects the whole scene.

Ease of Play

Very easy to play. Building is as easy as swiping and placing. Driving can be a bit more tricky.

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There's a promotional icon on the app's main screen for the developer's other app.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Car Kit is a creative building and driving free play app like its predecessor, Train Kit. Kids can design towns -- complete with buildings, signs, bridges, and twisting and turning roads -- that they can then drive more than a dozen types of cars through and around. The user interface is simple enough for young kids to master, but there are endless combinations, making it appealing to older kids, too. Kids can save their creations and start with a clean slate to make more new scenes. The driving mode is in first-person perspective; drivers can follow the curves of the road, or play bumper cars with other cars. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

To play CAR KIT, tap the Play icon and view the options on the bottom toolbar. Tap the road, car, or building icons and select the pieces you want to use by sliding them into place on the free play board above the toolbar. Add many different styles of cars, as well as buildings, trees, road signs, and more. For a first-person driving view, tap the driver icon and drive cars throughout the course you've built. To save and begin building a new course, go to the main screen and choose a new board. 

Is it any good?

This fun, free-play, creative learning app lets kids create and test what they make. Car Kit makes it very easy for even young kids to build roads and neighborhoods. The many buildings and car selections -- fire trucks, ambulances, buses, cabs, and more -- make this a nearly endless creation app experience. However, driving can be trickier: Traffic and twisty roads can cause cars to go off-road easily, but even the craziest driving on this app doesn't result in scary crashes. For kids who love cars and roads, Car Kit will likely be one of those apps that they will return to time and again to add more to their creations and build even more road- and vehicle-filled worlds.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the multiple choices on Car Kit. Talk about what kind of scene -- big or small town, highway or city streets -- that your kid is building. Ask them why they built what they built and why they chose the cars they did for that world.

  • When you're driving in your real car, talk to your kid about city planning, traffic patterns, and road construction to give them some ideas for their next creation on Car Kit.

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